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Tips to Relax Your Eyes

Do your eyes hurt after spending a significant amount of time reading, playing video games, driving, or staring at a screen? These visually intense activities can sometimes be hard on the eyes, causing uncomfortable symptoms like headaches and blurry vision. Other symptoms of eye strain can include light sensitivity, neck and shoulder pain, trouble concentrating, and burning or itchy eyes.

Fortunately, preventing painful computer vision syndrome and eye fatigue symptoms can be as simple as trying a few of these eye exercises. To learn more about digital eye strain and discover the best relief options for you, call The Vision Centers at 702-254-6222 and schedule an eye exam with Dr. Christopher Chiodo, OD.

Relax Your Eyes with These Supportive Techniques

Many of these exercises are designed for computer users. Eye strain resulting from long drives, reading, or other activities, can be alleviated by modifying some of these recommendations.

The Clock Exercise

The clock exercise relieves strain on overworked eye muscles and can help you avoid headaches and eye pain, among other symptoms. Begin the exercise by imagining a large analog clock a few feet in front of you. Keep your head still and move your eyes to the imaginary 9, then to the imaginary 3.

Keep moving your eyes to the opposite pairs on the clock — 10/4, 11/5, 12/6, and so on. Hold your gaze for a second or two on each number before moving on to the next one. Continue doing this for 4-5 minutes.

The 20-20-20 Rule

The 20-20-20 rule helps you avoid dry eyes and eye strain by giving your eyes frequent breaks. After about 20 minutes of screen time or doing close-up work, focus on an object at least 20 feet away for 20 seconds. This gives the eyes a much needed rest and helps them relax. There are also free apps available that provide pop-up reminders that notify you when it’s time to shift your gaze.

Screen Ergonomics

The American Optometric Association recommends placing computer monitors 20 to 28 inches, or 50-70 cm, away from your eyes and the top of the computer should be at eye level or right below for optimum eye comfort. Glare filters can reduce the amount of glare produced by digital devices and improve your viewing experience.

Poor sitting posture can also contribute to eye strain. Your chair should be situated so that your feet are flat on the floor, or use an angled footrest for additional comfort.

Optimize your Eyewear

Since regular prescription lenses or glasses may not adequately meet your visual needs for lengthy computer use, you may benefit from wearing computer glasses. These prescription glasses are customized to your needs and also reduce glare and block blue light.


You don’t have to live with the discomforts of eye strain. If symptoms persist, it may be time to visit The Vision Centers and get the relief you seek. Call our office to schedule a convenient eye doctor’s appointment.


3D TV – Is It Safe for Your Eyes?

The 3D Debate: Is Viewing TV in Three Dimensions Bad for Vision?

With each new technological development that comes to market, people worry about the long-term side effects of its rise to prominence. Whether it’s the radiation emitted by cellular phones or the 20th-century concerns of parents who feared that too much exposure to television would cause their children to suffer from long-term vision problems, most of these misconceptions have been thoroughly dispelled. Now it’s time to do the same thing regarding 3D television sets and movies.

Is 3D a Detriment to Long-Term Vision and Depth Perception?

Many people have feared that the quick rise to prominence of 3D entertainment in both theaters and home entertainment rooms has left inadequate time for a study of the long-term effects of this new technology. While it’s always a good idea to be concerned an vigilant, new studies are showing that there really is no reason for concern when it comes to immersive, three-dimensional experiences.

In fact, the most severe consequences of watching 3D programming, or playing 3D games for long periods of time, have nothing to do with the eyes themselves. These side effects, which include things like motion sickness and headaches, almost always arise from the way the brain perceives 3D content. After a while, it believes it’s actually part of the landscape and it begins to perceive a small screen as reality. The problem is that the 3D content is surrounded by static, non-moving objects that throw off the brain’s perception.

This bit of confusion does cause eyestrain, and it can lead to headaches in many people after extended periods of viewing or gaming. Eyestrain of this nature, however, is not damaging to the eyes and it’s not a cause for long-term concern. Instead, it might be a good idea to simply restrict 3D viewing and gaming to shorter periods, preventing any headaches that might arise.

Moderation is the Key to Success

As with all new technologies, moderation will lead to better experiences and fewer side effects. Though 3D viewing won’t produce long-term consequences, no one likes to suffer from a headache after a great movie. By proactively limiting 3D viewing periods, most of these side effects can be eliminated rather easily.